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BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
BA (Hons) 6 years part-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

90%

Subjects
  • Politics
Student score
90% HIGH
% employed or in further study
97% MED
Average graduate salary
£20k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

Grades BBB in three A levels required

Scottish Highers
AABBB

Grades AABBB required from five Higher subjects

Scottish Advanced Highers
BBB

Grades BBB in three advanced highers required

BTEC Diploma
MDD

BTEC Certificate
DD

Additional qualifications equivalent to one A level usually required. Applications considered individually

BTEC Award
D

Additional qualifications equivalent to two A levels required

BTEC Level 3 Diploma
DD

Additional qualification equivalent to one A level usually required

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
D

Additional qualifications equivalent to two A levels required

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MDD

International Baccalaureate
34

34 overall OR 15 at higher level with higher English A1/A2/B at 4/5/5 or English standard A1/A2/B at 5/6/6

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

90%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Politics and international relations is an exciting, fast-changing, broad-based discipline. Our programmes are extremely flexible and offer extensive module choice, reflecting the research interests of our staff, including conflict resolution, comparative politics, European integration, ethnic conflict, terrorism, the theory of international relations, political theory, and the politics of countries such as China, Japan, Russia and the USA. This is our most flexible BA degree programme. It gives you a solid foundation in the subject and allows you to tailor your own pathway according to your interests and needs. The programme aims to enable students to understand and use the concepts, approaches and methods of politics to develop an understanding of their contested nature and the problematic character of inquiry in the discipline. We seek to develop studentsâ?? capacities to think critically about political events, ideas and institutions.

Modules

Stage 1: 120 credits from: British government and politics; European integration; international history and IR; introduction to government; introduction to international politics; introduction to political thought; politics and popular culture in modern Japan; studying politics and IR key skills. Stage 2: 240 credits from: bargaining and rational choice theory; Britain and Europe; comparative government and politics; contemporary IR theory; contemporary politics and government in the USA; contemporary politics of Japan; east Asian political systems; eastern European politics; engendering politics: feminist contributions to political theory; ethics in IR; Europe in the world; European security co-operation since 1945; federalism and regionalism in Europe; foreign policy analysis and management; government and politics of Italy; international organisation: the UN system; introduction to strategic studies; Japan in the world; methods for peace and conflict research; modern British politics; modern classics of comparative politics; modern political thought; new world orders and IR; policies and policymaking in the EU; political research and analysis; politics in the western European Union states; politics of the European Union; politics of trust in the USA; postcommunist Russia; public administration in Britain; rights, freedoms and individualism; specialist dissertation; state failure: causes; consequences, prospects; theories of cohesion and consent.

University of Kent

Students relax

Kent provides a wealth of European and international opportunities for study, work and travel, a stimulating and effective learning community that focuses on the individual and excellent research-led teaching. The main Canterbury campus is built on 300 acres of park land half-an-hour's walk from the city centre, surrounded by green open spaces, fields and woods.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
21%
79%

Year 1

19%
81%

Year 2

20%
80%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
43%
57%

Year 1

29%
71%

Year 2

25%
75%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 95%
Student score 90% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

89%

Staff made the subject interesting

91%

Library resources are satisfactory

84%

Feedback on work has been helpful

69%

Feedback on work has been prompt

73%

Staff are good at explaining things

97%

Received sufficient advice and support

86%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
42% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
48% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
346 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
83% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
4% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% MED
Average graduate salary £20k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

9%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

8%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

6%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Other popular industries include marketing and PR, management consultancy, youth and community work, the finance industry and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in six politics graduates go on to take another course to get a Masters after they finish their degrees.
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